Localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) enable tailoring of the optical response of nanomaterials through their free carrier concentration, morphology, and dielectric environment. Recent efforts to expand the spectral range of usable LSPR frequencies into the infrared successfully demonstrated LSPRs in doped semiconductor nanocrystals. Despite silicon's importance for electronic and photonic applications, no LSPRs have been reported for doped silicon nanocrystals. Here we demonstrate doped silicon nanocrystals synthesized via a nonthermal plasma technique that exhibits tunable LSPRs in the energy range of 0.07-0.3 eV or mid-infrared wavenumbers of 600-2500 cm-1.
- Silicon nanocrystals
- localized surface plasmon resonance